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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 17

P.E.: We did 3 days of Family Time Fitness.  I need to find the time to look for a workout DVD that we can rotate with FTF.  The children are pretty tired of our yoga DVDS.

Bible: We read about Turkey in Windows on the World.  In Hero Tales we read about John Wesley.  The memory verse this week was Matthew 6:19 and our Bible reading was Matthew 12:46-12:30.

Read Aloud: We finished our morning read aloud on William Booth.  For our afternoon read loud we read 3 chapters of 21 Balloons.  We finished our evening read aloud, The Ruby Moon.  The children were not happy that once again it ended on a cliff hanger and the next book does not come out until April.

Poetry: We are memorizing the Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson. 

E.C.C: We continued our study of Germany.  We reviewed the location of all of the countries in Europe.  We read some facts about Germany in Children's Atlas of God's World, and I had Alex read us some phrases and colors in German.  He has been studying German and his pronunciation is much better then mine.  I added in a notebooking page on Johann Sebastian Bach and we took a look at some famous castles in Germany.  In the science portion we read about rivers and streams and living by rivers and lakes.

On Saturday I cooked some German dishes for supper: potato pancakes, pork schnitzel, and green beans.  Emmie and I made a German apple cake for dessert.


Art: For art this week we did castle drawings.


Apologia Astronomy: In Exploring Creation with Astronomy we completed the chapter on Saturn.  We did some experiments with a bottle rocket.  That was fun!





Language Arts: Lily has been working on verbs in her language arts book, Jolly Grammar.  In Language Lessons for Today, the boys wrote a short composition on ostriches.  I also read The Fox and the Stork and they narrated it back to me.  They each wrote the fable in their own words.  We talked about homophones and they wrote 6 sentences using see, sea ,here, hear, by, and buy.


Spelling/Reading: In AAS Level 3 the boys completed Step 18.  In AAR Level 4 they completed lessons 44 and 45 .  In AAR Level 3 Lily finished lessons 10 and 11.

Math: Nick completed lesson 16 in MUS Geometry.  Alex completed four lessons in Teaching Textbooks.  Lily, Christian, and Anthony completed 4 lessons in Math Lessons for a Living Education.

MFW Creation from A to Z: Emmie finished up "g" for "goat" by doing her goat badge and we read A Year at Maple Farm.  She started "C" for "cow" and did her picture card page, handwriting page and sound discrimination page. 

Nature Study: Our nature study this week was on the moon.

All American History and God's Design in Nature: Nick will be starting on the second volume of AAH by the end of the month. In God's Design in Nature he has finished through Chapter 7 worksheet 2. 


Other Activities this Week

Tuesday the girls had gymnastics.


It was 75 degrees Tuesday so we went and played at the park until it was time to drop Nick off at youth.



Wednesday we were back at Kid's Club.

Thursday was Nick's birthday.
Card Lily made for Nick


Friday we did our errands and grocery shopping.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!


Nature Study Week 2: The Moon

One of my goals for 2017 was to be more intentional about Nature Study for the four youngest children (5,7,9, and 11).  I want to do Nature Study once a week around a specific theme.  I remembered a friend mentioning a resource she bought at the beginning of the school year and after taking a look at it decided this might be what I needed to help make sure I actually get it done.  I bought Exploring Nature With Children , an ebook with 48 nature study ideas, a poem to go along with your theme, the name of a piece of art work to look up, books, and extension activities.  She also lists coordinating pages from Handbook of Nature Study if you have that book and are interested in looking up more information.



Our week 1 Nature Study was on the winter sky, and it was a bit challenging!

Week 2 was on the moon.

We did this nature study in a couple of different parts.  During our school day, we talked about the moon and the different phases of the moon. We read the recommended poem on the moon and looked at the recommended piece of art.

We could not draw the moon until it was out of course.  So that evening the children went out and drew the moon in their nature journals.  I kind of thought they would make small sketches of what the moon looked like over a period of several days, but they did larger sketches of what the moon looked like in the sky.  They went back out the next night and did another drawing for their nature journals.





Happy Homeschooling!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Virtual Fridge: Castle Drawings

This week in geography we have been studying Germany.  One of the things that we did some research on were castles.  We read about the 10 most famous castles in Germany and did castle drawings for our weekly art lesson.

I had a really good art book from Usborne that had great step by step drawing instructions and one of the lessons was on castles.  I remember Nick drawing them when he was in kindergarten and we did a unit study on knights and castles.  But I could not find the book!  It has been a few years (Nick turned 15 today!) So, I googled step by step instructions for drawing castles and came up with this link.

I had my four youngest working on this project.  They used pencils to draw and colored pencils to shade the drawings in.  It took about an hour from start to finish.




Emmie (5) is top left, Lily (7) top right, Anthony (11) bottom left, and Christian (9) bottom right.  Christian decided to add a fire breathing dragon to his and some knights on the top of the tower shooting at him.

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Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 16

It was a good and productive week in our homeschool!  Monday was a little rough because I still was not feeling that great but the rest of the week went really well.

P.E.: We only did 2 days of Family Time Fitness this week.

Bible: We read about Spain in Windows on the World.  In Hero Tales we read about Martin Luther, and our Bible reading was Matthew 12: 1-45.  The memory verse this week is Matthew 11:29-30.

Read Aloud: For our morning read aloud we read 3 chapters of William Booth.  In the afternoon we read the introduction to 21 Balloons, but then I forgot to read it the rest of the week! Not sure how that happened.  In the evening we are reading The Ruby Moon by Jerry Jenkins and Trisha White Priebe.  It is the second book to The Glass Castle that we reviewed last fall.

Poetry: We are memorizing the poem Who Has Seen the Wind by Christina Rossetti.

E.C.C: We started learning about Germany this week.  We read some facts about Germany and two pages in Children's Atlas in God's World.  They also did the German flag and wrote a few facts on that.  I added in a small map pf Germany that we put in the capital and 4 main rivers.  We reviewed the locations of all of the countries in Europe.  For the science portion we read about Lakes and Ponds, Freshwater Plants and Animals, and Getting Oxygen Underwater.  We did a worksheet on lakes and ponds.  We also did an experiment on sound vibration.








Art: For art this week we did squirrel drawings.



Apologia Astronomy: In Exploring Creation with Astronomy we completed the chapter on Jupiter.

Language Arts: In Language Lessons for Today I read The Tortoise and the Hare and the boys narrated it back to me.  We did a picture study on the painting Soap Bubbles and wrote a short paragraph about that painting.  They made a chart contrasting the differences between butterflies and moths. We also went over the usage of the words go, went, and gone.  In Fix It! Grammar we completed lesson 11.  Lily's language arts lesson was on verbs.



Spelling: 17,9,43 In AAS Level 3 the boys finished Step 17.  In AAR Level 4 they completed lessons 40,41,42, and 43.  In AAR Level 3 Lily finished lessons 7,8, and 9.

Math: Alex completed 4 lessons in Teaching Textbooks 7.  Nick completed lesson 15 in MUS Geometry.  Lily Christian, and Anthony completed 4 lessons in Math Lessons for a Living Education.  Lily's favorite activity this week was Making Wildlife Energy Muffins, an assignment in her math book.  The birds seem to be enjoying them too!

MFW Creation from A to Z: Emmie started the lesson on "g" for "goat."  She did her picture card page, sound discrimination page, cut and paste page, math page, handwriting page, and sound discrimination page.  She also made animal puppets and did a page matching mama and baby animals.

Nature Study: This week we did a nature study activity on the winter sky.

All American History and God's Design in Nature: AAH is still on hold until the end of January.  Nick is currently reading a biography on George Washington to fill in the gap.  In God's Design in Nature he has completed through Chapter 6 worksheet 10.

Other Activities this Week:

Public schools in this area were still on vacation this week which meant that our outside activities were still on vacation.  This was nice especially since we were getting over being sick.

We did have a Snow Day on Friday which the children loved!!





Friday was also my birthday.


I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!

Happy Homeschooling!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nature Study Week 1: The Winter Sky

One of my goals for 2017 was to be more intentional about Nature Study for the four youngest children (5,7,9, and 11).  I want to do Nature Study once a week around a specific theme.  I remembered a friend mentioning a resource she bought at the beginning of the school year and after taking a look at it decided this might be what I needed to help make sure I actually get it done.  I bought Exploring Nature With Children , an ebook with 48 nature study ideas, a poem to go along with your theme, the name of a piece of art work to look up, books, and extension activities.  She also lists coordinating pages from Handbook of Nature Study if you have that book and are interested in looking up more information.


For Week 1, we did a study of the winter sky.  In their Nature Journals, they recorded the date, the temperature, and the time the sun rose and set.  Then they did a sketch and colored in their pictures.  The sky proved a difficult thing to capture because it was so cloudy that day it looked completely white!  But they gave it a try.








We read the poem and looked at the suggested piece of art work, but did not do any of the extension activities.

Snow Day!

Yesterday was my birthday.  When I was growing up in Western New York, it snowed pretty much every year on my birthday.  Since moving south almost 18 years ago, it had been a long time since we had snow on my birthday.

Snow is such a common thing many places that it is not very special.  But here it is a big deal.  And children love the snow!  We did not get any snow at all last year so the children have been hoping they would get to play in the snow this year.

When the extended forecast came out showing the possibility of snow I did not say anything to the children at all.  And then it disappeared.  Thursday we were showing a 30 % chance of snow for Friday but I still didn't tell them.  But then we were at the library and one of the ladies there asked them if they were excited that it might snow the next day.  The whole rest of the day they kept asking me to check and see what the weather said.

We woke up to this.



And they were excited to see even that much and headed out to play!






Just before lunch we started getting some flurries and they broke out the sled.  I did not think it was going to actually go down the hill, but it did!





It snowed a little bit on and off for the rest of the afternoon.  Nick and Alex even headed out to play in it.







We have never had so many birds at our feeders as we did yesterday.  Every time I tried to get a picture half of them flew away! 





Around supper time it started snowing really hard.  Big, white, fluffy flakes.  They went back out until it was dark.






I made endless cups of cocoa, dried lots of clothing so it could be worn again after they warmed up, and watched out the window.  I did go on the sled one time.

This morning we woke up to no power.  But thankfully after a couple of hours it was back on.  We had to take care of animal chores.  Then the sled came back out.

The snow was too fluffy for a snowman so Lily made a mini one




I'm sure it will all be gone today, but at least they had their snow day!